I have way too many vanity products. I know this, okay? It’s an addiction. I have drawers that are overflowing with tubes and containers I rarely use, and more shamefully, my bathroom counter is a disorganized mess of the millions of items I DO use. You’d think with all this beauty arsenal at my disposal I would be a constant vision of dewy-skinned gorgeousness, but let’s be real: there’s really only so much modern cosmetics can do.
I have powders, brushes, hairsprays, lotions, perfumes, and lipsticks littering every surface of my counter, not to mention the flatiron, hairdryer, and various hairbrushes. It’s time to clean house, by god, and while I’m sure I can get rid of a few expired items here and there, the key will be to figure out storage for all of the crap I like to at least have the option of using. Sure, I only curl my eyelashes maybe twice a year, but that doesn’t mean I want to throw out the little metal tool! I just need a HOME for it.
I started poking around for makeup/vanity product storage solutions, and here are a few good ideas I found:
Clear drawer partitions. Awesome for creating order out of the chaos in your jumbled drawers, plus: see-through.
Toothbrush holder for makeup brushes. I know there are all sorts of fancy brush organizers available, but a basic toothbrush holder does a great job too (plus, cute design options like this).
Teak storage boxes. I have one wire mesh box on my counter, but clearly I need more. I like these teak options, which you could arrange together like the photo shown here.
Revolving cosmetic organizer. I don’t necessarily dig the white plastic look, but this caddy would hold a LOT of stuff in a really accessible way.
3 Layer Box. This layered melamine lunch box would be a bright and cute addition to your counter, and you could put your products in each layer.
2-Drawer Mesh Organizer. Pretty much anything at the Container Store would surely help out; these mesh baskets look particularly handy for haircare products.
IKEA magnetic board. I LOVE this idea (found via Not Martha): a magnetic board to which you can attach containers. Awesome! More cool IKEA ideas here, including a cool way of using kitchen storage accessories for makeup.
Iron/Hairdryer Holder. Holy crap, I need this thing. I like this holster too.
DIY Hair Station. When I was at my hair salon last weekend, I noticed how clever the cabinetry was — a lower piece dropped open a bit like the rendered drawing here, which stored a hairdryer and flat iron along with an integrated power strip. No dangling cords, and when the drawer’s shut, the appliances are neatly stored out of view. So cool, I’d love to figure out how to build this at home.
How do you deal with your vanity products? Am I the only one whose counter looks like it belongs to a spectacularly messy 17-year-old girl’s?